Policing and Security
New Just About…event series launched
18th May 2021
The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research has launched a new event series called Just About. . . It is a new initiative which combines podcast and webinar formats to explore topical justice issues and to promote dialogue amongst academics, activists, practitioners and policymakers. Each event begins with the live-streaming of a...
SCCJR’s Niall Hamilton-Smith contributes to BBC story on serious organised crime
14th May 2019
BBC Reporting Scotland carried a news item today (Tues 14 May) on the National Crime Agency’s report which warned the UK “can’t afford not to” spend an extra £3bn on fighting organised crime over the next three years. The NCA estimates there are at least 181,000 offenders linked to serious and organised crime in the UK...
Public Health, Youth & Violence Reduction
The study responds to the urgent social problem of rising youth violence. England and Wales have seen marked increases in homicide, knife crime, and hospital admissions for stab-wounds, with particular concentrations in the city of London. In recent years the ‘public health’ approach to violence reduction has gained increasing currency, most recently in the funding of 18 new regional Violence...
Network on Intelligence and Security Practices in Africa (NISPAC)
The NISPAC is a transnational research community network funded by the Scottish Funding Council under the Global Challenges Research Fund that brings together a diverse group of researchers to explore the role of intelligence services in African countries, and harness the combined insights of the humanities and social sciences to refine scholarly and policy understandings of intelligence and...
Football Banning Orders in Scotland: Evaluating their operation
SCCJR is leading a team evaluating Football Banning Orders in Scotland. The research was commissioned by the Scottish Government and conducted between June and December 2010. The purpose of the evaluation is to consider the operation of the football banning order legislation to date and make recommendations to improve its use and effectiveness. The project is being led by Niall Hamilton-Smith...
Community experiences of serious organised crime: Summary findings
Published: June 2018
This research was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the community experiences of serious organised crime ( SOC) in Scotland. The study sought to provide, for the first time, focused qualitative research on the lived experiences of residents who have an awareness of SOC in their communities and may have been affected by it, directly or indirectly. The research was led by the...
Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith
Associate Director, SCCJR
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
University of Stirling